Macbeth Texts and Contexts

ISBN-10: 0312144547

ISBN-13: 9780312144548

Edition: 1999

Authors: William Shakespeare, William C. Carroll

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This teaching edition of Shakespeare’sMacbethreprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by six sets of primary documents and illustrations thematically arranged to offer a richly textured understanding of early modern culture and Shakespeare’s work within that culture. The texts include facsimiles of period documents, excerpts from King James’s writings on politics, contemporary writings on the nature of kingship and tyrannicide, Puritan and Catholic tracts, conduct book literature, and contemporary witchcraft pamphlets.
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List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 4/5/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 394
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

About the Series
About This Volume
List of Illustrations
Macbeth (Edited by David Bevington)
Cultural Contexts
Representations of Macbeth
Early Narratives
From A History of Greater Britain
From History of Scotland
From The Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland
The Cultural Afterlife of Shakespeare's Macbeth
From Book of Plays
From The Witch
From "The Story of Macbeth," in A Collection of Divers and Remarkable Stories
From Macbeth, A Tragedy
Epilogue to The Empress of Morocco
Discourses of Sovereignty
The Succession Controversy
From A Conference about the Next Succession to the Crown of England
From A Discovery of a Counterfeit Conference
From An Answer to the First Part of a Certain Conference
From Succession Act
The Jacobean Theory of Kingship
From Basilikon Doron
From The True Law of Free Monarchies
From A Speech to the Lords and Commons of the Parliament at Whitehall
From Patriarcha: Or the Natural Power of Kings
Royal Charisma and the King's Touch
From The Divine Power or Gift of Healing
From A Right Fruitful and Approved Treatise
From A Sermon Preached at St. Mary's in Oxford, the 17. Day of November, 1602
Treason and Resistance
Resistance in Theory
From A Short Treatise of Politic Power
From An Homily against Disobedience and Willfull Rebellion
From The Powers of the Crown in Scotland
From A Defense of Liberty against Tyrants
Resistance in Action
Reports to the Doge and Senate
From A Speech to Parliament
From Speech at the Trial of Father Henry Garnet
From A Treatise of Equivocation
From A Treatise Tending to Mitigation towards Catholic Subjects in England
The Cultural Construction of Scotland
From The Description of Scotland
Henry V, Act I, Scene 2
From A Treatise on the Union of the British Realms
From An Itinerary
From A Perfect Description of the People and Country of Scotland
From The Penniless Pilgrimage, Or the Moneyless Perambulation
Witchcraft and Prophecy
Discourses of Witchcraft
From The Discovery of Witchcraft
From A Dialogue Concerning Witches and Witchcrafts
News from Scotland
From Daemonology, In Form of a Dialogue
An Act against Conjuration, Witchcraft, and Dealing with Evil and Wicked Spirits
From An Act against Fond and Fantastical Prophecies
From A Defensative against the Poison of Supposed Prophecies
From The Discovery of Witchcraft
From A Discourse of the Damned Art of Witchcraft
From Of Prognostications
From Of Prophecies
Discources of the Feminine
From The Discovery of Witchcraft
From The Method of Physic
From A Brief Discourse of a Disease Called the Suffocation of the Mother
From The Sick Woman's Private Looking-Glass
From Microcosmographia: A Description of the Body of Man
From The Countess of Lincoln's Nursery
From Childbirth, Or the Happy Delivery of Women
Genealogy of the Kings of England and Scotland at the Time of the Play
The English Succession
The Scottish Succession
Genealogy og the Scottish Descent from Banquo by John Leslie
"Sergeant at Arms, Slain by Rebels," Woodcut from Raphael Holinshed's Cronicles, 1577
"Macdonwald Slayeth His Wife and Children, and Lastly Himself," Woodcut from Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles
"Macbeth, Banquo, and the Three Weird Sisters," Woodcut from Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles
"Macbeth Upsurpeth ther Crown, ," Woodcut from Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles
Genealogy of the Contemporary Scottish Decent by John Leslie
Genealogy of the English Decent by Robert Parsons
King James VI and I in 1605, Attributed to John de Critz the Elder
Page in James's Handwriting from the Manuscript of Basilikon Doron
Frontispiece to the Collected Works of King James, 1616
Frontispiece to Mischief's Murphy, John Vicar's 1617 Account of the Gunpowder Plot
Key Gunpowder Plot Conspirators and Their Fates, from a Dutch Engraving
England Buffeted by Enemies, from John Vicars's Mischief's Mystery
"The Execution of the Gunpowder Plot Conspirators," a Print by Nicholas de Visscher
Map of Scotland, from John Speed's The Theatre of the Empire of Greart Britain, 1611-12
"The True Picture of One Pict," from Thomas Hariot's A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia,1590
"The True Pictures of a Woman Pict," from Thomas Hariot's A Brief and true Report of the New Found Land of Virginia
Incidents from News from Scotland, 1591
James Interrogated the Witches, Woodcut from News from Scotland
Scenes from Doctor Fian's Life, Woodcut from News from Scotland
"Cure" for Womb Disease, from Helkiah Crooke's Microcosmographia, 1615
Frontipiece to John John Sandler, The Sick Woman's Private Looking Glass, 1636
Title Page to Helkiah Crooke's Microcosmographia
Female Reproductive Organs, From Jacob Rueff's The Expert Midwife, 1637
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